From Joe's Desk...
This past Christmas season, I saw all kinds of different nativity scenes: life-sized, undersized, vibrant, unadorned, stilted, encased in glass and many others (the Hollcraft family got their act together and finally purchased a simple version of the nativity scene to highlight the front yard). Whatever shape, form, or material... Read more
Do you have a favorite sports team? Is there a professional franchise you follow closely? If you don’t follow a professional team, maybe you hail from a college with intercollegiate athletics, and you wear your school colors with pride on ga me day. In one way or another, in some... Read more
I remember walking into Costco on November 1 of this year, and being quite struck by the reality of what has taken shape in our consumer saturated culture. The day before was about costumes and trick-or-treating; the day after was about Christmas trees and ornaments. You see, once the commercial... Read more
I still recall my Western Civilization Professor strolling late into class. He explained, “I just left a meeting in which I found out history books will no longer be using B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini) on our timelines but B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era).” He... Read more
There is an old Latin adage: modus operandi , meaning “method of operation.” While today it has many applications (criminal investigations being one of them), one of its initial applications had a rich spiritual context. It was a phrase of ten employed to challenge Christians in how they were living... Read more